Originally Posted by iJohnHenry
Maybe a military junta is the way to go, but without the dictatorship part?
You have to be a one star general, or equivalent, to stand for Federal office.
This is another complicated situation. Thomas Jefferson argued that because he could run a farm, he could run a government. Alexander Hamilton argued the exact opposite. So this is a longstanding argument and one that probably won't be resolved anytime soon. I would personally argue that merit within the public sector and merit within the private sector are two different things (of equal importance) that have some things in common but should not be presumed to be the same thing.
The problem with politics is that it is easy to elect someone who was wasteful in the private sector, wasteful in the public sector, and is hailed by the public as the best thing since sliced bread. Elected politics are a major portion of democracy. However, I dare say that those who voted 200 years ago were more involved on politics than they are today, and probably less prone to media bias (in any direction).
How many people do we all know whom chose to vote for someone for perhaps the stupidest reasons imaginable?